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Trinity Episcopal Church
91 Main Street, Bridgewater, MA

News and Updates

March 28, 2020
      

 
Parish Newsletter:                                                                      March 28, 2020
Dear Members of the Trinity Family
The season of Lent is always a time for turning our focus to those things which matter most to us. In these strange days we are living in we find ourselves doing just that more than ever – concentrating our every thought and prayer on health and security, petition for help and thanksgiving, life and love, family, friend and neighbor.

Following are the latest guidelines from the diocese that we need to now implement in our parishes. These new guidelines reflect Governor Baker’s March 23 advisory, as well as consultation with civic health and policy officers. New England bishops, and advisors from churchwide emergency management departments and others.

Worship:
No in-person public worship services are to be held until May 31st. Online and livestreamed worship services remain permissible, as long as fewer than 10 people are present, physically distancing is to be maintained and strict hygiene measures are to be observed.

This Sunday we will be setting up and practicing a livestreaming service process that we hope to implement for Palm Sunday, Easter and all the services moving forward.

Outreach:
We have a group of parishioners who are now reaching out to all of you…as we can’t gather to celebrate together, gather for any kind of meetings et al as our lives have been put ‘on hold’ for the time being. We wanted to be in touch just to let you know we’re thinking about you and offer any assistance if some of you may need it.
Trinity is fortunate to be in a stable financial position currently. which means that we should not be hit as hard as other small parishes, or small businesses in our area. However, we do rely on Sunday offerings, both pledges and plate offerings, to cover the church's operating expenses. Consequently, we ask all those who can, to continue their financial support of Trinity Church so that we may continue to serve the community and each other in this time of  crisis. We have a dedicated section on our website for online giving. The website is: http://www.trinitybridgewater.com/stewardship.
For those who do not wish to pay their pledge online, please mail your pledge to the church.
May God bless us during these times abundantly with wisdom, compassion for each other, strength and the tenacity to know that we will get through this together.
 
A pastoral reflection from Bishop Alan M. Gates
 
March 27, 2020
 
Dear People of the Diocese of Massachusetts,
 
The story is told of a man caught in the turmoil of an earthquake. With the world falling down around him, he fell to his knees to pray. Fearful, stricken with dread, he could not form the words. A devout and lifelong person of faith, he had heard and spoken countless prayers, in public worship and in private. But in this moment of blind panic, neither the familiar words of the liturgy nor the extemporized plea of his heart took shape.
 
So he recited as prayer the only thing that came: he prayed the alphabet. 
A, b, c, d, e, f, g …,” he offered fervently, “… h, i, j, k, …” On it went, this heartfelt petition, “… p, q, r, s, t, …,” to its ardent Amen.
 
The prayer was genuine. The prayer was offered. And the prayer, surely, was received.  God knew precisely the prayer of this man’s heart.
 
As Saint Paul has promised, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” [Romans 8:26-27]
 
In these troublous times we find ourselves struggling for the right words to say to God and to one another. We search for the right forms, individual and communal. In our longing for normalcy, we may strive to replicate the most familiar ritual elements and routines. Other times we may seek fresh inspiration for our prayers and expressions of community. And sometimes we will need simply to know that for now we are fasting in the wilderness. Sacramentally and socially, we are fasting – yet we are doing that together with one another around the globe, which is its own gift and grace.
 
Dear friends in Christ, in these days of wilderness journey: Keep it simple. Focus on what matters most. Pace yourself for the long haul. Be patient, with yourself and with one another. Be genuine. Be generous. Be grateful. Love one another. Spare a word to the lonely. Contribute to the neediest among us.  
 
Lean on God and pray. And know that your prayer is good enough, however it comes. 
A, b, c, d, … 
 
Faithfully and fondly,
+Alan
The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates 
 
 
This reflection is available on our diocesan website here.
 
Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for directives from our bishops--including the most recent one, issued March 25--as well as links to resources and a list of congregations offering online worship opportunities.
 
 


Bible Study will resume March 31,2020 at 6:30 through utilizing Zoom..
If you are interested in joining our original group please forward your email address to Nick Baker at: nick_baker@att.net
He will be sending out the the address to join.  Any questions contact Deacon Kris at 508 930-5665. 
As we try to care for one another, and remain in touch, please feel free to email me directly.  During this challenging time, more then ever, we need to be in touch, and connected to one another.  If you have any information, notices, bulletins, and etc., for the good of the group, please email me at: revjwkelliher@gmail.com and I will get it out as soon as possible.

Remember we are truly all connected and in this together,  Let's not forget to 'be kind to one another'

"God Bless us all....Everyone" -Tiny Tim

Faithfully,
Jim Kelliher
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Contact Information

Reverend John Conn
  • Phone:  (617) 549-3119
  • Email:  johnhconn@gmail.com
Deacon Kristine Holmes
  • Phone:  (508) 930-5665
  • Email:  kristineholmes7@msn.com
Parish Administrator - Jim Kelliher
  • Office phone: (508) 697-4311
  • Email:      trinitybwoffice@gmail.com
  • Personal: revjwkelliher@gmail.com
  • Office Hours: Suspended until further notice
 
 


Senior Warden - Jerry Lenihan
  • Phone:  (508) 577-0053
  • Email:  jmlenih@gmail.com
Junior Warden - Judith Gabriel
  • Phone:  (508) 697-7195
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